The Wire

Season 1 Episode 12

Cleaning Up

4
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 01, 2002 on HBO
9.4
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"This is me, yo, right here." - Wallace

After the Barksdale's supply gets confiscated in another bust, Stringer gives more new rules to the crew. Avon and Stringer meet with Levy to discuss the next steps, which include the elimination of any and all persons that can connect Barksdale to the drugs. Wallace goes back to the pit and asks to be let back in but Stringer has another plan for Wallace. Stringer then asks Bodie to take Wallace's old job.moreless

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  • Epochal events happen in this episode: as the season draws to a close, the entire game blows up, leaving no one- the cops, the crooks, the brass, the politicians- untouched...

    9.4
    I don't know when I've ever been so emotionally invested in the characters of a television series. I love The Shield, The Sopranos and 24, but this series takes television drama to a whole new level. As the cops tighten the noose, Avon continues to change up the game- and tie up loose ends. As the Detail continues to follow Barksdale's money trail, the politicians get nervous, and Burrell threatens to pull out some dirt on Daniels if he doesn't close the case. Daniels refuses, and the cops close the net on Barksdale, busting Dee with a kilo of product and picking up Avon. As if things aren't going badly enough for Barksdale, Dee, angered by all the bodies piling up, starts looking out for himself...moreless
  • One of the most tense television moments I have ever experienced...

    9.6
    Soilers ahead...



    In the episode "Cleaning Up" I experienced extreme tension when there was that pivital moment between Wallace and his gansta brothas. From the viewers perseption we all new that Wallace had a good heart but never the less was a rat. From the villians perseptions they had no idea that Wallace was a rat they only assumed. This is why I was blown away that the leaders of the gang ordered Wallace to be dealt with. During the scene when Wallace was to be murdered was one of the most realistic scenes I have ever scene in a crime drama series. It was so tense for about 60 seconds that I could hardly stand it. This episode was by far one of my favorite The Wire: Season One shows. If you have not experienced The Wire I encourage you to tap in!moreless
Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

Wood Harris

Wood Harris

Avon Barksdale

John Doman

John Doman

Maj. William A. Rawls

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Lt. Cedric Daniels

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Asst. States Attorney Rhonda Pearlman

Andre Royo

Andre Royo

Bubbles

Jarvis W. George

Jarvis W. George

Ronnie Mo

Guest Star

Doug Roberts

Doug Roberts

State's Attorney Steven Demper

Guest Star

LaTonya Borsay

LaTonya Borsay

Orlando's Dancer

Guest Star

Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt

Brianna Barksdale

Recurring Role

Michael Kostroff

Michael Kostroff

Maurice "Maury" Levy

Recurring Role

Tony D. Head

Tony D. Head

Maj. Bobby Reed

Recurring Role

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